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Green light for revised plans for wind farm in Nairnshire

By Federica Stefani

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Plans for a new wind farm near Ferness were given the go -ahead by Scottish Ministers.
Plans for a new wind farm near Ferness were given the go -ahead by Scottish Ministers.

Scottish Ministers approved the new plans to build a wind farm near Ferness – despite an objection from Highland Council.

Renewable Energy Systems (RES) has expressed its delight after their plans for Cairn Duhie Wind Farm were granted on Friday last week.

The project was originally submitted in 2013 and consented in October 2017 by the Scottish Government, as a 20-turbine scheme with tip heights of 110m.

However in 2020 RES revised the design, according to them, "in order to optimise the site using modern turbines" and submitted the application the following year.

In February 2022, The Highland Council objected to the application with concerns over its visual impact on the area – which sparked a public inquiry which took place in December 2022 and January 2023.

Craig Smith, project manager for RES, commented: “Cairn Duhie is an excellent site for a wind farm and we’ve worked hard to carefully design an optimised scheme that maximises the volume of low cost renewable energy that can be generated, for the benefit of consumers.

“We’re delighted with the consent and pleased that the merits of the revised scheme have been recognised.”

According to RES, the project is predicted to deliver around £4.4 million of inward investment to the local area in the form of jobs, employment, and the use of local services during construction and the first year of operation.

The company will now seek to review and discharge any planning conditions.

The plant is expected to deliver an additional 67.2MW of renewable energy towards the Scottish and UK Government targets.

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